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The Utility of Boredom

Baseball Essays

by Andrew Forbes

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Spitball essays on the off-kilter joys, sorrows and wonder of North America’s national pastime.
A collection of essays for ardent seamheads and casual baseball fans alike, The Utility of Boredom is a book about finding respite and comfort in the order, traditions, and rituals of baseball. From learning about America through ball-diamond visits to the most famous triple play that never happened on Canadian soil, Forbes invites us to witness the adult conversing with the O-Pee-Chee baseball cards of his youth. Tender, insightful, and with the slow heartbreak familiar to anyone who’s cheered on a losing team, The Utility of Boredom tells us a thing or two about the sport, and how a seemingly trivial game might help us make sense of our messy lives.

About the Author

Andrew Forbes's first book, the story collection What You Need, was a runner-up for the 2016 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Prize. His second book, The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays, is currently in its fourth printing. Born in Ottawa, he spent much of his childhood in Atlantic Canada, lived in Oxford Mills, Ontario, and currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife and three children. Find him at andrewgforbes.com.

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Contributor Notes

Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports, The Classical,The New Quarterly, and This Magazine. What You Need, his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Editorial Review

"In all of these essays, Forbes's writing is almost invisibly stunning, clear, with romantic flourishes equal to his subject matter. But what he's really able to articulate is how a love of baseball is really about a love of, or at least an acceptance of, the fact that losing is part of the game." - National Post

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"Forbes' new collection of essays ... is a modern poetics of baseball." - Largehearted Boy

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"Taking his cures from Susan Sarandon's character in Bull Durham, who worships at "the Church of Baseball," secular humanist Forbes finds something close to religion in everything from Jose Bautista's bat flip to the Billy Ripken error card." - Quill & Quire

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"Collections... are usually a mixed bag at best - not this one - I loved each story and many of them will be loved by all baseball fans." - The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

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"Despite the worst title in the history of baseball books, The Utility of Boredom by Canadian Andrew Forbes is a delightful collection of 25 baseball essays." - Spitball Magazine

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"Part memoir, part philosphical thought, and really smartly written." - Ian Letourneau, CBC Radio Fredericton

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"Sportswriter Roger Angell called baseball a way to defeat time. So grab a beer. Sit on a porch. Put your feet up. Listen to a ball game on the radio. Or read The Utility of Boredom cover to cover. As Andrew Forbes says, "Boredom is fertile." Rest assured, The Utility of Boredom is far from boring. It's a book to savour, like summer." - Trout In Plaid

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